Services for Jasper D. “Jack” Brown, 86, of Mabank, were held June 13, 2012,
at Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.
Grave side service was held at New Harmony Cemetery in Van Zandt County.
Brown was born July 6, 1925, in Lorraine, to Annie M. Johns and Joseph
Brown, and died June 10, 2012.
He had been a resident of Mabank for five years, formerly living in
Palestine and Edom.
He joined the U.S. Army Nov. 3, 1943, serving in the 104th Infantry
Division, called the Timberwolves, who were famous for nighttime fighting.
He was part of the 415th Regiment, Company G, Weapons Platoon and Mortar
Squad, and was honorably discharged Nov. 6, 1945.
He worked for Halliburton, before owning his own trucking business. He was a
member of Turner Baptist Church in Wills Point and was a member of the
He was preceded in death by his parents, son David Brown, and his first
wife, Ada Mae Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Brown, of Mabank; children Delores Brown
and husband Paul of Midland, and Ken Brown and wife Ellen of Arlington;
brother Leonard Brown and wife Margie of Canton; four grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren;
and 11 step-great-great-grandchildren.
Services for Charles “Lester” Griffin, 86, of Mabank, were held June 9,
2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel, with Reverend Brent Tucker
officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery which included a moving
military service with Navy personnel playing Taps and presenting the folded
flag to his wife.
Griffin was born July 31, 1925, near Mabank, to Nettie Hutcherson and Claude
Griffin and died June 6, 2012.
He was Baptist by faith and delivered groceries for the Mabank Grocery store
as a young man.
After serving three years as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy,
he settled in Dallas and married Betty JoAnn Mangan in 1947.
He continued in the grocery business working for Tom Thumb then as a food
broker with W. L. Gordon Company and Adams Extract.
He enjoyed dancing, listening to classic country music, and taught each of
his daughters to dance by having them stand on his feet.
He also enjoyed fishing and taught his sons to hunt and fish.
After raising their five children in Dallas, the couple returned to Mabank,
where they owned and operated Hometown Grocery on Market Street from 1983 to
He was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Texas Ranger fan, and a true Mabank
Panther football fan.
He missed graduating from high school due to his enlistment in the United
States Navy during World War II.
A few years ago, the United States Armed Services, United States Navy and
Mabank High School, held a special ceremony honoring him for his commitment
to our country and awarded him a high school diploma.
He and his wife celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Denny Charles Griffin, and
sister Hazel Hillger.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Griffin, of Mabank; children Paula Harper and
husband Lee of Murphy, John Jay Griffin and wife Kim of Canton, Tony Gray of
Mabank, LeAnn Pickitt and husband Pat of Gilmer; sister Claudine Goodwin and
husband Jim of Dallas; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many
nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Pallbearers were John Wayne Griffin, Mark Forehand, Charles Weston Roach,
Jacob Vance Broussard, Bryce Griffin Roach, Brady Luke Griffin, Paul Wayne
Hutcherson and Perry Don Hutcherson.
Honorary pallbearers were Jason Charles Griffin, Christopher Spruill and
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
A personal tribute may be posted online at
Services for Faye Paris, 85, of Kemp, were held June 13, 2012, at First
Baptist Church in Mabank under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral
Home in Mabank.
Paris was born March 6, 1927, to Fredna and Truman Graves and died June 10,
She graduated from North Dallas High School, in 1944, and worked as an
She enjoyed her friends at church, golfing at Cedar Creek Country Club and
serving as president of the Women‘s Professinal Golf Association.
She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and email with friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ewing “Lefty” Paris, son Butch,
daughter Pamela, and her parents.
Survivors include her son Rick Paris and wife Karen; grandchildren Robyn and
Brad Paris and Kristen and Tim Slaughter; great-grandchildren Cleo and
Barrett Slaughter, Avery and Jack Paris; sister Patty Oliver; brother Gene
Graves; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Intercessory Prayer Ministry,
First Baptist Church, Mabank.
A personal tribute may be posted online at
Services for Bobby Allen Callen, 70, will be held at a later date.
Callen passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Weatherford, Texas. A
Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Callen was born Oct. 19, 1941, in Waco, to Leola Pope and Owen Callen and
died June 11, 2012.
He served in the United States Army in the late 1950s. He attended Christ
for the Nations in Dallas and founded Covenant Word Fellowship Church at
Cedar Creek Lake and served as Pastor at Shiloh Christian Center at Cedar
He was known for being a selfless person.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Callen, of Weatherford; daughters Kelly
Brooks and husband Stuart of Fort Worth, Tracey Greenwood of Hawkins, and
Joivah Francis and husband Matt of Wellington, Kan.; sons Robert David
Callen and wife Tammy of Plano, and Adam Glenn Skinner of Fort Worth; eight
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Melba Callen of Weatherford;
brother James Callen of Talihina, Okla.
Services for Mavis LaJoy Adams Earl “Granny,” 74, of Kemp, were held June
12, 2012, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Earl was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Grand Saline, to Anna Hollis and Roy Adams
and died June 8, 2012.
She lived in Kemp for the last 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Reese Earl, children Teresa May
of Talty, Terry Wacasey of Mt. Pleasant, Leslie Earl of Kemp, and Veronica
Gunderson of Forney; grandchildren Melanie Newman, Emily Bass, Doug May,
Crystal Olson, Nicholas Earl, Ashley Shankle, Laci Weldon, and Daniel and
Seth Gunderson; great-grandchildren Natalie Richardson, Liberty, Ryan and
Grant Bass, Raylee and Colten Earl, Lilly and Cain May, Kaylee and Heavenly
Weldon, Jolie, Riley and David Shankle, and Kason Olson; sisters Genieve
Parrot of Mineola and Glenda Ishmeal of Oak Cliff; brothers Marty Hollis of
Athens and James Hollis of Mineola; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend
of 50 plus years, Joyce May, of Mesquite.
Condolences may be posted online at
Services for Alyse Joy Smith, 88, of Mabank, were held June 9, 2012, at
Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg with Pastor Zach Nicholson
officiating. Interment followed in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Mabank.
Smith was born Sept. 8, 1923 and died June 8, 2012, in Richmond.
She was an elementary school teacher in Mabank for many years.
Survivors include her son, Mike Smith, of Rosenberg; grandsons Nathan
Michael Smith of Katy and Joel Wayne Helmke of Clear Lake;
great-grandchildren Lacy Nicole, Jamie Leigh and Dillon James Smith of Katy
and Jacqueline Paige and August Freeman Helmke of Clear Lake; and other
relatives and friends.
Services for Rev. Thomas Burns “Tommy” Allen, 85, of Gun Barrel City, were
held June 15, 2012, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of
Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Allen was born May 18, 1927, in Hugo, Okla., to Leslie Simon and Louis
Gesslen Allen and died June 9, 2012, in Athens.
He was an ordained Pentecostal minister and a retired union sheet metal
mechanic, who worked on buildings in Dallas, the most recognizable being the
one with the “X.”
He was preceded in death by his sons, Jimmy L. Allen and Larry T. Allen Sr.,
and daughter Brenda Joyce Dewbre.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Allen; son R.L. Allen; daughter Anglia
Dianne Beckham; brother Rev. Charles Gayland Allen; 11 grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and many friends.